Homecoming is a weekend for alumni, students, families, faculty and staff. We invite you to celebrate the Marian spirit during a weekend of fun, laughter and memory-making. See what’s new on campus, like the plans for the new Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center.

Schedule of Events

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September 21-23, 2017

Thursday, September 21

Alumni Baseball Game 
7 p.m.
Herr-Baker Field

Baseball alumni are welcomed home to play again as we kick off the Homecoming festivities! All are invited to cheer on the alumni as they play under the lights in the newly expanded Herr-Baker Field; home of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.  Contact Coach Bryan Burgert to participate. Register here

7 on 7 Film Series: Diary of a Country Priest
7 p.m.
Stayer Center Auditorium

Marian’s 7 at 7 Film Series invites the university and Fond du Lac community to enjoy a range of classic masterpieces and experimental movies from around the world. Introductions and discussions led by Marian instructors considering issues of perception, memory, adaptation and identity invite us to explore how film shape the way we see the world and how we might become better members of it.

Diary of a Country Priest, a 1950 French film by Robert Bresson, follows the life of a young clergyman as he tries to fulfill his duties in a hostile village. Regarded as a masterpiece of ascetic and minimalist filmmaking, this movie explores the sights and sounds that represent the priest’s soul as it struggles to remain in a state of grace. Introduction and discussion provided by Dr. Justin Ponder, Marian University Associate Professor of English whose forthcoming book, Art Cinema and Theology: The Word Was Made Film (Palgrave Macmillan) examines how Diary of a Country Priest and other international movies represent spiritual issues in cinematic ways.

Friday, September 22

Korbie Classic Annual Alumni Golf Outing
10 a.m. • 11:45 a.m. tee off
Whispering Springs Golf Course
Cost: $100 per person
Advanced registration required
Register here

Student Volleyball Tournament
1:30 p.m. start
Sand Volleyball Court (Outside Naber Hall)
Students are encouraged to participate in this sand volleyball tournament to help kick-off the Homecoming festivities. Sign your co-ed team up at the start of school in September. Prizes will be awarded!
Sponsored by: Student Involvement and Athletics

Marian Community Dinner – All the Fixin’s BBQ
4:30–7:00 p.m.
HSC Dining Room
Meal price at the door: $8.63
Mingle with Marian community members during this casual dining experience. Choose to eat indoors in the HSC or outside while watching volleyball action.

Courtyard Village – near the bridge
Join your fellow Sabres as we introduce the members of this year’s fall teams:
women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s golf, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball!
Sponsored by: Student Senate, Music Department, and Student Involvement

Saturday, September 23

Sabre Run/Walk
9 a.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Sadoff Gymnasium
Run-Walk enthusiasts are encouraged to take out those running shoes and participate in the Sabre Run/Walk to benefit Marian University Athletics.
For information and registration: Sabre Run
Sponsored by: FDL Running Club
Due to low registration & competing races we are canceling the Sabre Run this year and look forward to seeing you next year!

Homecoming Tailgate
11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Smith Fields
Grab a little something from the grill before heading to afternoon activities!

Alumni Softball Game
11 a.m.
Herr-Baker Field
Alumnae are welcomed home to play again as Sabres! All are invited to cheer on the former women of Marian.  Contact Coach Tony Draves to participate. Register here

Men’s Baseball Doubleheader: Sabres vs. Carroll University
11 a.m.
Herr-Baker Field
Come cheer on the Sabres, under the direction of Head Coach Jordan Baitinger, as they play a doubleheader against Carroll University at the expanded Herr-Baker Field and home of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

The NEW Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center Conversation and Mathematics and Natural Science Memories

11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sadoff Science Building
Join Mathematics and Natural Science faculty and staff for building tours, demonstrations, and conversations about the pending addition and renovation, all while sharing memories of your time at Marian.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Sadoff Science Building (S216)
Dr. John May serves as host to a floral identification or geocaching outing, or in the event of  rain, a hands-on bonsai demonstration.

1 p.m.
Stayer Center Auditorium
Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center Architectural Presentation – take a virtual look inside the new building!

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Sadoff Science Building
Dr. Sheryl Ayala will take students back to their cadaver dissection days with a peek at how the program has grown. You will look at the existing facilities and specimens, as well as learn about what the future holds for the new Anatomy Lab!

Men’s Soccer Game: Sabres vs. Dominican University
Smith Fields
Come down to Smith Fields and make some noise for the Sabres under the direction of Head Coach Craig Peltonen.

Campus Open House
1–3 p.m.
The entire Marian campus and the Agnes Center (located at 505 E. Division St.)
Take a walking tour of campus to see the improvements, renovations, and new utilizations.  Student guided tours depart from the Stayer Center.

Bean Bag Toss Tourney
1–3 p.m.
Tailgate Zone
Bean Bag, Baggo, Cornhole or Soft Horseshoes…whatever you prefer to call It, we’ve got it.  Great family fun for all ages; grab a team and come to play or join in as a spectator.
Sponsored by: Student Senate

All-School Nurse Reunion
(St. Agnes and Marian Nursing Graduates)
1:00–4:30 p.m.
Center for Nursing and Health Professions – Downtown
Marian University and the St. Agnes School of Nursing celebrate a combined heritage of over 100 years of nursing education. Mark this milestone with fellowship, tours of the facility, simulation demonstrations, and a trip down a trip down memory lane while taking in a display of  memorabilia and historic photographs.  Refreshments and snacks provided.  A donation to Nursing Scholarships is greatly appreciated upon entrance.
Sponsored by: The Nursing Program and Alumni Relations

Find Your Creative Side
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Palen Room
Join alumna in finding your creative side. Canvas and paints will be provided.

Women’s Soccer Game: Sabres vs. Dominican University
2:30 p.m.
Smith Fields
Come down to Smith Fields and support the Sabres and Head Coach Jillian Saiberlich. Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at half-time.

Alumni Association Receptions
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Stayer Center – 2nd Floor and Agnes Center
As part of our Homecoming celebration, St. Agnes School of Nursing and Math & Natural Science alumni are hosting alumni receptions to reminisce about time spent at Marian. Newly added to the receptions is the Music department. Join those alum to take a walk down memory lane and talk about Sabre Show, choir, and your good times in class and practice, all while visiting the new music facility! If you’re part of other groups (academic, social, Greek, etc) and want a place to gather, please contact Alumni  Director Grant Monroe to reserve your space!
Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations

Marian Homecoming/Reunion Mass
4:30 p.m.
Dorcas Chapel
Celebrant: Fr. Ralph Gross
All students, alumni, families, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate our spiritual traditions and the blessing of you — our Marian family.  Recognition of the St. Agnes School of Nursing graduating class of 1947 and 1957.

Marian Spirit Dinner
4:30–6:30 p.m.
HSC Dining Room
Meal price at the door: $8.63 + tax
Celebrate Sabre spirit in the Café while dining with members of your Marian family. Service through the line, soup and salad bar, and as always, desserts to satisfy!

Hall of Fame Induction Dinner – By Invitation Only
Register here
Family and friends of the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees will be on hand as the following graduates are recognized:

  • Jessica  (Krzewina) Fakes ‘00 – Softball and Volleyball
  • Jeff Kleinke ‘96 – Golf
  • Andrea (Harmsen) Langenfeld ’01 – Volleyball
  • Daryl Loether ’94 – Basketball

Alumni Awards Presentation
6-7 p.m.
Stayer Center Auditorium
Join faculty, staff, representatives from the Alumni Association and university leadership as we proudly recognize and honor Marian and the St. Agnes School of Nursing alumni for their contributions and achievements at the 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Alumni Reception
7-7:30 p.m.
Sabre Terrace – Stayer Center
(Rain site: Hornung Student Center)
In honor of Hall of Fame Inductees, recipients of Alumni Awards, and in celebration of the St. Agnes School of Nursing graduates, enjoy an Alumni reception on the Sabre Terrace.  Light appetizers, soda, water provided.  Cash bar for liquor, beer, and wine.
Sponsored by: Alumni Relations

Marian Casino Night
7:30–10:30 p.m.
Stayer Center
Following dinner, enjoy the an evening of casino gaming entertainment brought to you by some of Marian’s own, serving as dealers.  Prizes available!
Sponsored by: Marian Activities Committee and Student Involvement

Regatta on the Sabre Terrace
7–10 p.m.
Sabre Terrace
(Rain site: Hornung Student Center)
Join students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as family and friends for an Evening of great music and entertainment by The Kingfish and Throwback Stereo, Chicago and Milwaukee area bands featuring Marian alumni Steve Matz and Joe Howard. Beverages available.
Sponsored by: Alumni Relations

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*All activities are subject to change. Keep checking back for more information.